The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets
Bethnal Green Church Development
General outside view (before and after)
September 2021 The plans have gone out to tender. It is hoped that work will start by November.
August 2021 Godfried Addo has joined the Tower Hamlets Circuit as Facilities and Property Manager. Godfried will negotiate and liaise with all our contractors and take the lead on ensuring the Bethnal Green Redevelopment Project is completed. Godfried is a qualified architect with many years of experience in property, facilities management and Methodist Church property processes.
July 2021 Appointment of a new Facilities and Property Manager to oversee the development from 23rd August.
The Circuit meeting reported that the programme was still on track and going to plan.
The Congregation join with St James the Less from August.
Progress continues, with choice of contractors and finalisation of certain details. All has so far been done at distance.
As we come to the end of May, we are still on schedule.
ZACCHAEUS moves out from 12th April
Bow Road Church becomes the new home and meeting place for the Zacchaeus project activities, during redevelopment. Debbie and the team are already settling in at Bow; everyone is excited - mainly at the prospect of meeting again.
FINDING A HOME DURING REDEVELOPMENT (March)
It has been decided that he congregation willl find a home at the nearby Anglican church of St James the Less.
OFFICIAL APPROVAL (March 2021)
Planning approval has now been received from the Council.The next step is a meeting arranged with the architects at the Bethnal Green site, after which they will start bringing in contractors. Mike from the very successful Bethnal Green Mission Cafe (roughly opposite the Museum of Childhood) has kindly agreed to share pointers on what works and what doesn't and offer his advice on setting up our own Cafe in the new space. Sounds encouraging and exciting!
CIRCUIT MEETING DECEMBER 2020
After work with Alan Pipe and Partners architects, the Steering Group had agreed on the details of the design. The meeting approved a budget of £2.25m with a projected time-frame of building starting in August 2021 with return to the building in September 2022. Andrew Brown will be acting as the Circuit’s project manager, with Alan Pipe managing the overall project.
The Circuit gave very serious consideration to various proposals. Possibilities for refurbishment have been reviewed, considering what is acceptable and attainable. With some modifications, we now have the basis of a viable plan.
Images are 'architect's impression' of the selected proposal
Winter night view!
More news as the proposals and plans progress
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